Il lascito di Giotto. Pittura fiorentina da Giotto agli inizi del Rinascimento

Giotto di Bondone (c.1267-1337) who was active throughout the whole of Italy in the 13th and 14th centuries, was the first artist in Western history to depict sublime human forms with exquisitely detailed expressions and realistic physical forms, thus creating three-dimensional spaces for telling stories through pictures. He not only transformed the course of western painting, but continued to live on as the source from which later generations of artists would draw their own individual perspectives–investigator of nature Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh whose art came to life through its emotional expression, and the 20th century Matisse who worked in pursuit of color and form. Giotto, about whom many legends have been created, has been called “the father of Western painting” and the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi, where the early frescos painted by Giotto remain, has been designated a World Heritage Site.

This exhibition puts on display four of Giotto’s works which are generally almost impossible to see in Japan, while displaying the Basilica frescos, which are representative of Giotto’s work, on a photographic panel. In addition, more than 30 altarpieces and other works by Giotto’s successors, almost all of which are on display in Japan for the first time, have been gathered together from various institutions in Florence. This was the period when adoration of the Virgin Mary reached its peak, spurred on by the religious fervor of the common people and the anxiety brought about by the Black Death. Visitors will enjoy these pictures from Florence, which, while showing the influence that they have had from the flamboyantly decorated manuscripts of the French court and from the emotion-filled Gothic painting of the nearby city of Siena, also indicate by gradual degrees the very dawn of the early Renaissance in their creation of the beautiful images of the Virgin Mary.

Exhibition Details

From September 13 (Sat.) to November 9 (Sun.), 2008
(closed Mondays except September 15 October 13 November 3)
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
Sompo Japan Headquarters build. 42nd floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Admittance by 17:30)
10:00-20:00 (Fridays, Admittance by 19:30)
Adults:1,000yen (800yen)
University & High School Students:600 yen (500yen)
Senior Citizens (65 years and more): 800yen
Children of Junior High School or under: Free
( ) indicated discount rates for groups of 20 and more
Organized by
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art
Nippon Television Network Corporation
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Supported by
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
Patronized by
Ambasciata d'Italia, Tokyo
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Tokyo
Cooperation with
The University of Tokyo
Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd.
Planned by
Art Planning Rey Inc.


Giotto di Bondone
《Madonna di San Giorgio alla Costa》c.1295
Museo Diocesano di Santo Stefano al Ponte
©Firenze, Museo Diocesano di Santo Stefano al Ponte
©Antonio Quattrone
Giotto di Bondone
《Santo Diacono martire》c.1305-1310
Museo dell’Opera di Santa Croce
© Firenze, Museo dell’Opera di Santa Croce
Pittore fiorentino della prima metà del XV secolo
《Adorazione dei Magi》1420’s
Chiesa di Santa Felicita, sagrestia
©Firenze, Chiesa di Santa Felicita, sagrestia
©Antonio Quattrone
Masolino da Panicale
《Sant’Ivo e i pupilli》
Santo Stefano degli Agostiniani
© Empoli, Santo Stefano degli Agostiniani
©Antonio Quattrone